Dear Maranatha Families,
This is the final week of “regular classes” for this school year. Next week will be for review and the first day of Finals, with two days of the following week (after Memorial Day) for Finals as well. Then the school year is done!
It’s hard to imagine how we got here with all of the different things we have experienced together. I feel that this COVID-19 virus has brought out the best of us. I know it has been challenging, but let me encourage you by telling you about the first, unique opportunity we had to celebrate our Class of 2020 this past weekend when each came to pick up their graduation cap and gown. We need to give a huge ‘shout out’ to our faculty and staff for making it a wonderful time of celebration and encouragement to our seniors. I am so thankful for you all. What happened in the visitor’s parking lot this past Saturday reflects what is truly best about Maranatha.
I am proud of all of our wonderful students who have really met the challenge of this year. I know that you may be discouraged and stressed as we enter this final week with various projects, tasks, and all of the things that mark the end of a semester. But I want to encourage you - God is with us!
We have an interesting week ahead. Mr. Parker and the Ministry Team will present two chapel times this week, on Monday and Friday, at 11:45 a.m. on Minutemen TV, followed by Advisory Groups on Zoom. Also, be mindful of our AP students who will be taking their AP Exams which start this week. Otherwise, it is a normal eLearning week!
As we look to this last week of classes it reminds me of my younger days as a “Miler”. The mile is a very interesting race – it’s not something that you can sprint, but it’s not something you can jog in either. It consists of four laps around a track, and the most challenging lap is the third one. It is too far from the finish line to start your sprint. You have to maintain your pace and prepare for the final lap where you can finish strong.
The most important thing in that kind of race, and in this final week, is that you stay the course and run the race that is before you. Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”
For some of us, school does not come easy, while for some it’s very easy. But you need to do what you need to do to finish. And like in a race, you have to pour yourself out. You can’t win a race by running conservatively – you have to give it your all. There’s going to come a point, and I think we are all there now, where we’re exhausted and worried, “Can we finish?” I want you to know that every time that has happened in my life, Christ has been there. He has held out His hand to me and lifted me up, and allowed me to finish well.
That is my prayer for you this week as we finish our last eLearning week together. So, be strong and courageous, run your race, run it to win, and do your very best.
God bless you,